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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Psst, want a cool site for Christmas presents? (review of Novica handcrafted art web site)

I always have the hardest time finding great presents for friends and family. I am just not a very creative shopper (unless you’re talking about little girl clothes, hee!). So when the folks at Novica contacted me about a product review, I checked out the web site, was very intrigued, and instantly saw a solution to my gifting dilemmas.

Novica is associated with National Geographic, and they provide a global web site for artists around the world to sell their handcrafted art. They have the most beautiful products, from ceramics and furniture created in the Andes to apparel and ornaments from Thailand to baskets and instruments from West Africa. And each item has a fascinating description of the artist.

I browsed for almost an hour (not even kidding) before selecting an Alpaca Wool Wrap in Brown Tweed from the Andes to review. It was designed by Alfredo Falcon, a third-generation weaver whose life has been changed by Novica. His story is typical of many of the artists.

DSC_9814LR_srgbI’ve been wearing the beautiful wrap for a couple of weeks now and love it!

It’s kind of become my go-to cool weather accessory. It’s warm, cozy, fun to wear in different ways, and SO much more stylish than my boring old cardigans. Now if I was on America’s Next Top model, I’d figure out a stunningly awesome pose to show the wrap off, but I’m just a mama, so the pic to the left is what you get. Smile

And here’s the back view – isn’t the wrap fun-looking from any angle? Thanks to TubaDad for taking these photos, by the way:DSC_9818LR_srgb

Here’s a close-up of the yummy browns:DSC_9820LR_srgb

And here’s one of our littles, who just had to try it on. Can you guess which girl this is?:DSC_9809LR_srgb

The Novica web site is chock full of interesting artists and art that would make a perfect gift (for a friend or for yourself!). If you want a wrap of your own this winter, check out the amazing selection here. They've also got jewelry, corporate gifts, green gifts, unique gifts, holiday items, and even a microfinance section where artists can get loans without interest. It’s just plain neat. And I’m planning to do a whole bunch of my Christmas shopping there.

Disclosure: I was provided with a Novica product of my choice (the Alpaca Wrap) for the purposes of this review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. No additional compensation was received.

6 comments:

"Ada" said...

I love browsing the Novica website, especially their jewelry. Haven't had a chance to buy anything yet, though. Love the wrap!

Its all about Leah said...

Ro!

L said...

Beautiful! I'm off to check out the site now.

Thank you for being honest about your compensation for the review. I wish more bloggers would do that!

Ninotchka said...

J'adore that wrap! Off to check out the site. Thanks!

Melissa said...

You are doing a great job modeling, I just went to the site and bought 2 ponchos. Love it! I don't know what I would do without your recommendations ;0)

R... said...

That is one of my favorite colors! looks beautiful on you!